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Director of the Science in Society Unit

Company HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Reference # Ref No: IM/DR/0721
Published 29/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Duration 5 Years
Introduction
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Impact Centre draws on diverse perspectives, skills and partnerships to generate, measure and communicate impactful research on critical challenges facing South Africa and the world.
In fulfilling the HSRC’s public good mandate, the Impact Centre will conduct rigorous, creative and relevant impact research for the public good; conduct large-scale quantitative and representative surveys that are the basis for complex data analytics, modelling and simulations and leverage a wide range of expertise, convene multi-stakeholder forums, promote and produce evidence-informed understanding on impact.

The focus of the Science in Society unit is to undertake research about the science/society interface, and to generate knowledge resources and tools to build the HSRC’s impact capabilities. Knowledge resources include databases, research outputs, expertise, and new ideas about impact in the social sciences and humanities generally, and also as relevant to the HSRC. The unit undertakes both research and praxis, which form a mutually reinforcing knowledge and skills base. Research requires a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses, inter-alia, scholarship related to impact assessment, the research/policy nexus, and science communication. Praxis includes the development of the HSRC’s Policy Briefs, management of the HSRC Seminar series, and the implementation of a formal research/policy engagement structure (the Policy Action Network).


Director of the Science in Society Unit
Nationwide
X 1 Position
5- year contract appointment
Ref No: IM/DR/0721

The Director of Science in Society in the Impact Centre requires the incumbent to drive and lead a team of senior researchers and practitioners using innovative methodologies to understand and address issues of research impact. The role requires the coordination of working groups, flagship projects, research projects and task teams in order realise the vision of the Impact Centre and that of the HSRC. The successful candidate’s responsibility will be to ensure the quality of research outputs, dissemination strategies, research partnerships, and collaborations which drive the HSRC’s quest for impact in policy-engaged research.
Job Functions Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research,Programme Director
Industries Research
Specification
Key Responsibilities:
•Build visible national, continental and international research partnerships in the Science and Society area of specialisation that
result in collaborative and multidisciplinary studies, high quality publications, evidence reviews and policy briefs;
•Coordinate, develop and review strategic plans and opportunities for fund raising to meet agreed upon targets for the team;
•Together with the team of senior research staff foster concrete plans and activities for meeting divisional goals and targets;
•Provide leadership in the areas of quality assurance (QA), science communication, impact assessment and dissemination for
research outputs along with designated staff and HSRC resources;
•Manage the outputs of researchers in the team to ensure maximum impact of the HSRC.
•As a Director, the candidate is required to be visible and engage with government entities and activities on a continuous basis;
•Together with the Group Executive and the Director of Strategic Partnerships, spearhead formal government engagements
through joint projects, partnerships, secondments, workshops and research dissemination;
•Drive and enable a relationship of trust and influence in appropriate ways amongst all levels of research staff;
•Oversee a programme of engaged science in their designated theme of responsibility with local communities and scientific
groups in order to ensure that research outcomes result in innovative solutions for South Africa’s (and Africa’s) challenges;
•Actively forge research collaborations with Universities and Science Councils;
•Ensure team members are capacitated, managed, supported, mentored and motivated to ensure a high performance team that
meets strategic targets;
•Actively promote and support recruitment talent management, succession planning and retention policy focus, and achieve
equity targets;
•Ensure that fair conflict and consequence management takes place;
•Ensure that research grants are well managed and that good relationships with collaborators and grant making
organisations/institutions are maintained;
•A publication record and thought leadership in one or more of the following areas: research impact, science communication, the
public understanding of science, science policy, and innovation systems; and

Requirements
Key Responsibilities:
•Build visible national, continental and international research partnerships in the Science and Society area of specialisation that result in collaborative and multidisciplinary studies, high quality publications, evidence reviews and policy briefs;
•Coordinate, develop and review strategic plans and opportunities for fund raising to meet agreed upon targets for the team;
•Together with the team of senior research staff foster concrete plans and activities for meeting divisional goals and targets;
•Provide leadership in the areas of quality assurance (QA), science communication, impact assessment and dissemination for research outputs along with designated staff and HSRC resources;
•Manage the outputs of researchers in the team to ensure maximum impact of the HSRC.
•As a Director, the candidate is required to be visible and engage with government entities and activities on a continuous basis;
•Together with the Group Executive and the Director of Strategic Partnerships, spearhead formal government engagements through joint projects, partnerships, secondments, workshops and research dissemination;
•Drive and enable a relationship of trust and influence in appropriate ways amongst all levels of research staff;
•Oversee a programme of engaged science in their designated theme of responsibility with local communities and scientific groups in order to ensure that research outcomes result in innovative solutions for South Africa’s (and Africa’s) challenges;
•Actively forge research collaborations with Universities and Science Councils;
•Ensure team members are capacitated, managed, supported, mentored and motivated to ensure a high performance team that meets strategic targets;
•Actively promote and support recruitment talent management, succession planning and retention policy focus, and achieve equity targets;
•Ensure that fair conflict and consequence management takes place;
•Ensure that research grants are well managed and that good relationships with collaborators and grant making organisations/institutions are maintained;
•A publication record and thought leadership in one or more of the following areas: research impact, science communication, the public understanding of science, science policy, and innovation systems; and


Key Requirements:
•A PhD in the Social Sciences or related disciplines with ten years’ experience;
•10 years’ experience in research management and team leadership in an academic environment or research institution;
•An academic leader with an impressive and strong publishing record of at least 10 peer reviewed publications (books, books chapters, journal articles) of which several must be international and first or sole authored;
•Above average grant proposal writing skills along with a verifiable record of raising large scale project funds for research;
•Additional management and leadership qualifications will be an added advantage;
•Personal qualities that include intellectual and personal integrity, imagination, drive, and the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
•Leadership qualities that include humility, a commitment to excellence, strategic advisory experience, the ability to work as part of a management team and to capacitate more junior researchers and lead multidisciplinary teams; and
•Excellent computer literacy including a knowledge of contemporary ways of communicating research outcomes.

The HSRC offers a fixed salary packages on positions. Applicants must be South African citizens. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled.


APPLICATIONS:

Applications
In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation; (2) a comprehensive CV; (3) three copies of sole/first authored peer reviewed publications; and (4) the names of three contactable referees (with mobile/telephone, e-mail and fax contact details). Please indicate the specific position you are applying for and include the reference number. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/

Please note the following:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

For further enquiries, and not applications, please contact Prof Heidi van Rooyen on email [email protected]
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research and administrative staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 06 August 2021. We encourage applicants to submit applications before that date.

Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks after the closing date should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful. Only interviewed candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications.



APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Job Closing Date 06/08/2021
   
   
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